I’m a bit of a political simpleton, but even I can see four distinct things that happened last night.
l. The fuckin’ media, man. They really let us down. I especially blame CNN for creating a false equivalency between the two candidates. He’s a racist, xenophobic, fascist despot. She had server problem. Give me a break. They are not the same, and shouldn’t have been covered the same. The fourth estate did not do it due diligence in vetting Trump. They didn’t dispute or confront him on his blatant falsehoods and fabrications. They gave him unlimited airtime to whip up his base. I also blame CNN for giving voice to those idiot Trump spokespeople (I’m looking at YOU Kellyanne, Kayleigh, and Katrina), and allowing them to spew their idiocy unchallenged. And, trust me, those people are NOT going away anytime soon. I’m not giving CNN another SECOND of my attention, and I urge you to change the channel too. They did what they had to do to get their ratings. Now, I hope they choke on them
2. Comey put his finger on the scale. We had the election in the bag after Pussygate, but then Comey ginned up the email hysteria one last time and Republicans immediately forgot every despicable thing Donald ever did.
3. Those idiots who voted third party. We get it. You were angry at the system that let you down. And boy oh boy you showed us, did’t you? Hillary lost by about a thousand votes in Florida. There were 30,000 third party votes in that state alone. Do the math.
4. We vastly underestimated the hate that 25 years of bullshit anti-Clinton propaganda could create in a generation of millennials who didn’t have the historical insight to see it was all a Republican smear campaign. She’s a good woman with more experience than any other candidate in recent history, and she had real ideas and real means and ways to accomplish them. But no. we went the complete other direction. What does that say about us?
So what now?
We cry today. We drink again tonight. Then we carry on. We fight. We struggle to keep the gains we’ve made in the past 8 years. We look toward to the midterms. We learn from our mistakes. We don’t let it happen again. We hug our friends and co-workers. We appreciate the good in our lives.
But we brace yourselves for a rough couple of years ahead.